Senator Ted Cruz welcomed in Terrell
Senator Ted Cruz received a warm welcome at a packed Hickory Root BBQ, in Terrell, TX on August 28, 2018. He kicked off the Town Hall with hand shakes all around, and a hearty, “God Bless Texas!” In a positive and upbeat message, Cruz outlined the four main goals going into 2017-2018 and their status: Tax cuts, regulatory reform, Obama-Care, and the appointment of constitutionalist judges up and down the Federal Judiciary.
Tackling the topic of taxes, Senator Cruz reminded his constituents that back in December, Congress passed the biggest tax cuts of a generation, doubled the child tax credit and doubled the standard deduction. As a result, small businesses and families have begun to experience a great deal of relief. In addition, next April, 90% of Americans who file taxes will do so on a postcard. He nearly raised the proverbial roof when he said he would love to see a simple flat tax and abolish the IRS.
Before describing great regulatory reform, Cruz started out by remembering how job-killing regulations hammered the oil and gas industry, farmers, rancher, and agriculture. By repealing those regulations, the Texas economy is booming. Oil production in Texas is up 33% from 2016, and nationally, unemployment is at its lowest in decades. Hispanic and African American unemployment is at the lowest level in the history of keeping those records. Youth unemployment, between the ages of 16 and 24, is at its lowest in 52 years. Cruz said the formula is easy: cut taxes, simplify the tax code, and pull back job-killing regulations. This makes small businesses flourish. Great for the nation – great for Texas.
Unfortunately, progress on repealing Obama-Care is an unfinished commitment. However, all 52 Republicans did successfully vote to repeal the Individual Mandate. Cruz said that it is time to finish the job and repeal the rest.
Addressing the topic of the Judiciary, “Judges have been an unmitigated success of the Trump Presidency and of the Republican majority in the Senate. We have Justice Neil Gorsuch, and we’re fixin’ to have Justice Brett Kavanaugh. We have confirmed principled constitutionalists up and down the Federal Court. Last year the Senate confirmed more Federal Court of Appeals Judges, than any time in history, in the first year of a President’s term.” Cruz pointed out how critical the courts are. They stand between upholding or tearing down the Constitution, Bill of Rights, free speech, religious liberty, and the 2nd and 10th amendments. All of which, are under ferocious attack.
Looking Toward November
Timna Rutledge interviews Senator Cruz. Videography by David Van Laningham of Reticle Media
After reviewing the work of the previous 21 months, the Senator turned his attention to the upcoming midterm election. At 70 days out, “we have a fight on our hands.” He noted that the hard left is angry, energized, and many are filled with hatred for the President. This makes them dangerous. He talked about how tens of millions of dollars are flooding into the state of Texas from liberals all over the country. Cruz warned of a record-shattering democratic turnout in November.
He said the good news is that “This is Texas and in Texas there are a whole lot more conservatives than there are liberals in our state. Our job is simple. This election comes down to 1 word: turn-out, turn-out, turn-out.” He also warned of the dangers: too many people who stay home, complacency due to a healthy economy, and folks not participating because they are focused on kids, job, and the latest ball game.
Senator Cruz summarized his speech with a list of Texas beliefs, noting they center around simple common-sense values: low taxes, low regulations, lots of jobs, increase in wages, increase in opportunity, securing the border, defending the nation and defending the constitution and Bill of Rights. As the applause from this statement died down, he said that, “If we stand together to defend these common-sense values, together we will keep Texas free.”
Question and Answer:
The Senator took questions, the first of which had him summarize his stance on immigration. “Legal good; Illegal bad” was met with much laughter and applause. Cruz went into detail on how vital it is to secure the border and obtain the needed resources. He listed as necessary: build the wall, infrared, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and triple the boots on the ground. After declaring that Texas is a state that proudly stands with all levels of law enforcement and military, he discussed the value of welcoming and celebrating legal immigrants. He quoted Ronald Reagan, “Legal immigrants are Americans by choice.” His bottom line was that we need to strengthen and improve legal immigration while we protect the border. He stressed that “We can do both of those at the exact same time.”
The next questioner noted that a great deal of our tax dollars are being wasted on trying to destroy our president. She asked Senator Cruz if there is anything he can do. He affirmed the question as a good one. “We are seeing deep state, and we are seeing the mainstream media trying to do everything it can to destroy the president.” He talked about the long-held value both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) have lived by. They have historically stayed out of politics and focused on enforcing the law. “One of the saddest legacies of Obama’s presidency is the deep politicization of DOJ, FBI, and the machinery of the government. We saw the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) targeting citizen groups for using their first amendment rights for speaking out, for being perceived to be political opponents of the President. That is wrong. The federal government should not be weaponized in partisan matters.” He went on to say that he didn’t want to see a republican FBI or DOJ. “I want a Department of Justice that follows the law, is faithful to the constitution, regardless of what party you happen to be in.”
The senator went on to describe how the executive branch is responsible for investigating crimes, seeking indictments, and prosecuting. The legislative branch provides oversight, brings transparency, and holds parties accountable. He gave a recent example from the Senate Judiciary Committee. When the testimony of Andrew McCabe (former FBI Deputy Director) and James Comey (former FBI Director) were in direct contradiction, Cruz challenged Christopher Wray (current FBI Director) to make evidence and emails available so they could get to the truth. Cruz also stressed how special counsels and independent counsels are opportunistic fishing expeditions that tend to abuse and overreach. He promises to continue to call this out.
In the same way that the first 2 excellent questions gave the audience further opportunity to get to know Senator Cruz, the work he does in the Senate, and his values, the next 4 questions do the same. Click below to view the video of the full interview. Hear the Senator’s perspective on trade, reaching the youth with the conservative message, the role of trade schools and school choice, and the problem of sanctuary cities.
What Does The Opponent Believe?
Senator Cruz closed the night with a summary of his opponent’s record. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke “runs hard left”:
- Taxes: He voted against tax cuts and promises to raise taxes.
- Regulations: Wants to bring back Obama regulations that hammer oil and gas, farmers, ranchers and agriculture.
- Health Care: Supports Obama care and expanding it to full-on socialized medicine.
- 2nd Amendment: Proud of his F-rating from NRA
- Israel: Most anti-Israel record of any senate nominee in the country. In 2014, when Hamas rained rockets down on Israel, O’Rourke was one of only 8 congressmen in the House to vote against funding Israel’s Iron Dome Defense. (As a point of reference, Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters voted for the funding.)
- Kneeling for the National Anthem: A vet aske O’Rourke if he thought it disrespectful to kneel for the National Anthem. O’Rourke told the vet that he didn’t find it disrespectful. He took it further, saying he couldn’t think of anything more American than taking a knee to protest the National Anthem.
- Impeach Trump: O’Rourke is the only democratic senator nominee in the country to explicitly come out for impeaching the President. He would do so right now if given the opportunity.
The Call to Action:
O’Rourke is the number one democratic fundraiser in the country. Last quarter Cruz raised 4.6 million. O’Rourke raised 10.4 Million dollars. Senator Cruz called the room to action, challenging us to take 4 steps:
- Speak out as to why reducing taxes and regulations make a difference in the quality of our lives. Talk to family and friends as to why protecting the border and the constitution matter. Be bold as to why freedom and liberty are so important.
- Contribute by going to tedcruz.org
- Volunteer: Knock on doors and talk to people. Go to the Senator’s website and download an app that will allow you to call, from the comfort of your home, Texas voters needing to be turned.
Senator Cruz ended with this: “There are 50 states, but there is only one Texas. Freedom is not going to defend itself… We’re gonna win this race, but all of us must stand together. We will keep Texas as the greatest state in the greatest nation, in the history of the world.”
Timna Rutledge, Publisher of The Northeast Texan, interviews Senator Cruz
After the Town Hall, Timna Rutledge, Publisher of The Northeast Texan, interviewed Senator Cruz. She stated; “I read in Rolling Stone magazine, in an article by Jeb Lund, He said, ‘Ted Cruz does awful things by intelligent design,’ essentially disqualifying you from being crazy. So, what do you have planned, designed, for your next term in office?”
Cruz went on to describe that his goal is to continue the work he has been doing. This includes fighting every day for lower taxes, lower regulations and more jobs…and fighting to preserve the constitution and the bill of rights. See the video above for the full interview.
Susan Skommesa is a freelance writer and editor with The Northeast Texan. Her many interests include studying Biblical and Paleo-Hebrew, renovating houses, all things health and nutrition, knitting, homesteading, and teaching and writing on topics of faith, gardening, pets, chickens, and human interest.
Photos by Betty Fallert
Full video of Senator Ted Cruz’s Town Hall. Videography by Timna Rutledge, Editor of The Northeast Texan.